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Sustainable and Inclusive Regional Economic Development in Macedonia

01.11.2015 - 31.03.2021

The level of development of Macedonia‘s eight regions is highly unequal. A national structure for balanced regional development has been built up since 2007. SDC will contribute to the establishment of a national system for coordination and monitoring for balanced regional development. In the regions, good governance will be enhanced; project development and implementation capacities will be improved with focus on the less developed regions. These measures will ensure greater allocation of funds to the underdeveloped regions.

Project completed

Support to establishment and development of Macedonian Parliamentary Institute

01.01.2015 - 31.12.2017

SDC will continue to support the development of the Macedonian Parliamentary Institute (PI). The PI is department of the Parliamentary Services of the Assembly that shall provide research, archive, library, inhouse training and visltor services. Through the PI services, Members of Parliament (MPs) will have access to information for fact-based debates on laws, contributing to greater quality of laws for citizens.

Civil Society Support Facility – Constituency Building

15.09.2014 - 31.12.2018

The overall objective of the Civil Society Support Facility – Constituency Building project is to contribute to enhanced engagement of CSOs with their constituents and to joint agenda setting to promote  positive social change in Macedonia. Through enhanced levels of organisation and legitimacy CSOs will be enabled to promote good governance at national level and improve accountability of the state towards citizens – elements which are crucial to building a more transparent and democratic society.

Project completed

Community Forums - Exit Phase

09.09.2014 - 31.08.2017

The Community Forum instrument has been introduced as a mechanism for citizen participation in decision making at local level, thus fulfilling an institutional gap in the context of good governance in the country. The concept was developed through several phases and was applied in two third of the Macedonian municipalities. To foster sustainability the exit phase focuses on independently organised Forums and on the knowhow transfer to the municipalities association.

Empowering Municipal Councils

01.07.2014 - 30.06.2020

Municipal Council Members play a significant role in the decentralized democracy in Macedonia. However they lack knowledge, information and independence from the executive government. Through specific trainings and peer learning, councillors will gain in knowledge which will lead to their empowerment and increased independence from political party interference in local matters. Consequently the empowered councillors will ensure that policies and budgets reflect citizens‘ needs expressed in a participatory manner.

Restoration of the Strumica River Basin

01.07.2014 - 30.06.2021

As a continuation of the support to the Macedonian water and nature sector, Switzerland developed a group of projects that will assist the country to have cleaner water and a healthier environment, as well as to move forward in meeting its obligations towards the EU. Through this project, Citizens and farmers in the Strumica river basin will benefit from improved economic wellbeing as a result of a better ecological status of the river basin and reduced flooding hazards.

Project completed

Integration of Environmental Education in Macedonian Education System

01.09.2013 - 31.12.2015

The Environmental Education programme relates strongly to all other SDC and SECO water projects in Macedonia, since it contributes to awareness raising and increased interest for better and healthier environment. It is expected that the school children and their parents will be more sensitive on the environmental issues and will demand from the institutions in charge to address these issues in more effective way.

Project completed

Contribution to Fair and Free Local Elections 2013

10.12.2012 - 30.09.2013

The contribution to three Civil Society Organisations (CSO) aims at promoting fair and free local elections in Macedonia in 2013. The campaigns shall be supporting an atmosphere of fair, free and non-violent elections and at increasing the number of female candidates at the mayoral elections. In addition, the campaigns include the promotion of public debates between mayoral candidates, activities related to prevent the use of weapons and violence during the election campaign and on the voting day, and monitoring of the voting process.

Project completed

Regional Economic Development in Macedonia (RED) – Contribution to GiZ Programme

01.11.2012 - 31.12.2014

The level of development of Macedonia’s 8 regions is highly dispersed. A national system for balanced regional development was built up since 2005 with the support of the German Government (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH); however, it is still facing challenges in ensuring adequate implementation. SDC will co-finance this final project phase in order to contribute to the improvement of governance and policy coordination on regional level.

Project completed

Civil Society Support Facility – Bridging Phase

01.08.2012 - 30.06.2014

The Civil Society Support Facility programme (“Civica Mobilitas”) aims at building a stronger civil society sector in Macedonia which will be able to promote dialogue across the divides in the country - be they of political, socio-economic, ethnic and increasingly religious nature. This programme will support Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) which promote inter-ethnic cohesion and oversee the work of local governments.

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Project completed

ZELS - Institutional Support

01.07.2011 - 30.04.2016

SDC has now several years of experience in Macedonia in supporting decentralization and local governance with different complementary programmes. With the Institutional support to ZELS, Switzerland is enabling local authorities to provide better services to its citizens. The programme is also contributing to the improvement of the positition of the local authorities in relations with the central authorities.

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